Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Base Price: $107,000-$135,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The G63 AMG, which replaces the G55. The new AMG G-Class features Benz's twin-turbo 5.5L V-8 that puts out 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The G550 gets a slight bump in horsepower. A new center stack features a nav screen sitting high atop the dashboard. New tech items include in-car Internet access, blind spot assist, Parktronic park assist, and Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control.

Avoid: Forgetting about its impressive off-road capabilities.

Sum Up: Brawny G-Wagen gets some new kit.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Base Engine 5.5L/388-hp/391-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 5.5L/544-hp/560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.3-6.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 7750/1500 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/14-15 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: S
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Base Price: $63,000-$90,000* Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 GL receives many changes, including a revised exterior with a bold front grille and larger taillights. Interior materials and layout have been improved, and the navigation screen sits higher on the dashboard. All powertrains are more powerful than the outgoing mills, and there's now a 550-hp option in the shape of the GL63 AMG, powered Affalterbach's 5.5L twin-turbo V-8.

Driver's Choice: The GL63 AMG will get the kids there much faster.

Sum Up: Multiple changes for Benz's big 'ute.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Base Engine3.0L/240-hp/455-lb-ft t-diesel V-6
Opt Engine4.7L/362-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 4.7L/429-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/550-hp/560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
DrivetrainFront engine, 4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH4.8-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload7500/1600-1800 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy12-17/17-21 mpg*
Basic Warranty4 yrs/50,000 miles
SafetyAirbags: 9; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Base Price: $37,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 GLK is a significantly updated model with more than 1000 new parts. Perhaps more significant is the introduction of the GLK250 diesel, which gets a turbocharged 2.1L four-cylinder producing 190 hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the GLK350 gets a power boost, and both models get Eco start/stop. Finally, the GLK gets a number of visual tweaks inside and out.

Look For: The four-cylinder diesel to make it to other Benz models.

Sum Up: Early adopter: Diesel power in a compact luxury SUV.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/302-hp/273-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.1L/190-hp/369-lb-ft t-diesel I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 6.4-7.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1300 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-24/24-32 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Base Price: $48,175-$97,005
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The ML350 can now be had in RWD as well as AWD, allowing customers to save $2500 by skipping the 4Matic system. A new On/Off-Road Package debuts and includes a two-speed transfer case, Airmatic air suspension, Adaptive Damping System, added skidplates, and six transmission settings. New standard items include mbrace2, Collision Prevention Assist, and a new instrument cluster.

Best Buy: Get the new rear-drive ML350 if you live in sunnier climes.

Sum Up: Like a high-riding E-Class.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/302-hp/273-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/240-hp/455-lb-ft t-diesel V-6; 4.7L/402-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/518-550-hp/516-560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD/4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH 4.7-7.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 7200/1700 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-20/17-27 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Base Price: $37,285-$46,720*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: The big change for the 2013 Sprinter is the focus on Mercedes-Benz's Preferred Upfitter Program, since 75 percent of all Sprinters are sold with some sort of upfitter modification. Approved upfitters get special access to specifications, advanced product information, and other data.

Cool Fact: The Sprinter is available in cargo, passenger, and cab-chassis configurations for everything from an airport shuttle, to an ambulance, and a motorhome, and just about every conceivable application in between.

Sum Up: The Sprinter is an extremely versatile, if extremely pricey option for those that want a proven commercial workhorse.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Base Engine 3.0L/188-hp/325-lb-ft turbodiesel V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 10.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 7500/6318 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 2; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Mini Countryman

Base Price: $23,000-$35,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A John Cooper Works model finally joins the Countryman lineup and can be had with a 6A in addition to the requisite 6M. The new variant gets the requisite JCW treatment with a full aero kit, hood stripes, large wheels, JCW badges, and 30 extra horses under the hood. The rest of the Countryman range is unchanged, save for the addition of Bluetooth as a standard feature.

Driver's Choice: The three-pedal 211-hp Countryman JCW.

Sum Up: The AWD Countryman goes faster.

Star Rating: ***1/2

Mini Countryman
Base Engine 1.6L/121-hp/114-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/181-211-hp/177-207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-11.0 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-27/30-35 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Mini Paceman (2014)

Base Price: $24,500-$30,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Countryman loses its two rear doors for a new variant, but don't call it a Countryman coupe. Compared with the Countryman, the Paceman loses 1.6 inches of height, is 0.4 inch lower to the ground, and weighs 44 pounds less. Window switches and door lock buttons move from the center dash to the doors.

Cool Fact: Engineers say the Paceman will out-accelerate comparable Countryman variants 0-60 mph by about 0.2 second.

Sum Up: XL-size Mini Cooper hardtop.

Star Rating: (not rated)

Mini Paceman (2014)
Base Engine 1.6L/121-hp/114-lb-ft I-4*
Opt Engine 1.6L/181-211-hp/177-207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 6.9-10.8 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-27/31-35 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles*
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A*
* Estimated


Mitsubishi Outlander

Base Price: $23,520-$29,420
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Outlander carries into 2013 with few changes. Bluetooth connectivity and heated front seats are standard on SE and GT trims. SE models also get automatic climate control as standard, and GT models now come with standard satellite radio capability. Heated mirrors are now standard on all models. Mercury Gray paint replaces Graphite Gray, and upper interior trim is now beige instead of gray.

Look For: A next-gen Outlander to appear in model year 2014.

Sum Up: Holding its ground until the new model arrives.

Star Rating: ***


Mitsubishi Outlander
Base Engine 2.4L/168-hp/167-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/230-hp/215-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A/CVT
0-60 MPH 7.1-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1180-1449 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-23/25-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Base Price: $19,995-$24,520
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A face-lift adds revised exterior styling, a new two-tone lower trim treatment, and standard 18-inch wheels on all models. An ES 4WD model joins the lineup. All other models receive retuned CVT programming for improved acceleration response and gain a rear armrest cupholder as standard. Satellite radio and heated front seats are now standard on ES models. ES and SE trims gain new interior fabrics.

Best Buy: Anything else in the compact CUV segment.

Sum Up: Your last-choice crossover option.

Star Rating: **


Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Base Engine 2.0L/143-148-hp/143-145-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/CVT
0-60 MPH 9.4-9.7 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A/1080-1245 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-25/29-31 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated